XxSpyKEx wrote:In comparison to other highest "state" courts, yes (e.g. DC COA is way more prestigious than the highest state court in Nebraska). I'd also imagine it would be much easier to move from NY/DC COA --> Art III DC in Idaho than it would be to move from the Nebraska Supreme Court --> Art III DC in Idaho.
I don't think it would be much easier. But if it is more prestigious or "easier" to get a job, it's probably because of this:
XxSpyKEx wrote:Given the schools and quality of students the court attracts relative to a court such as, e.g., Nebraska Supreme Court suggests DC COA is more prestigious than the Nebraska Supreme Court.
... not because the name of the court actually helps you get the job.
I think the "prestige" discussion doesn't work very well when comparing courts like these ones. It's very different from the "prestige" of law schools. For example, someone with good LSAT/UGPA may get into Chicago and lower ranked in-state schools. Chicago is better because employers aren't going to know / aren't going to care what your LSAT was. So the reputation of the school helps a student get a (better) job compared lower ranked in-state schools.
The same is not true with two similar level clerkships in different states. Unlike how employers don't care very much about the credentials required for entry into a prestigious law school, the employers are going to care about what school you went to, what your grades were, and whether you were on law review. So the name of the court doesn't really matter. It's the underlying credentials to get that position straight out of law school. I don't think district judge in Idaho is going to intrinsically think DCCOA is better than SCONE. But maybe he/she will see the resumes from both applicants and go with the DCCOA person because creds were better in the first place. (But to be honest, I think we should choose a state other than Idaho--like California or Texas--somewhere outside the midwest to make this discussion worthwhile... I would suspect there would actually be some geographic bias favoring the SCONE applicant).
Maybe I'm just defining prestige differently--i.e., it actually "gets" you something, like an interview in a neutral location you wouldn't have gotten if you were at another similar court in a different state. Using this definition, I wouldn't say DCCOA is more prestigious.
vamedic03 wrote:Wrong court. They're referring to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, not the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC circuit.